Tom Xiaotang Xian
Birth Date: April 2, 1962Death Date: October 6, 2018
1985年夏赴美，入读俄亥俄州阿克隆大学工程学院，并于1988年6月获得机械工程硕士学位。1988年9月再读圣塔克拉拉大学，于1990年6月获计算机科学硕士学位。在将近三十年的职业生涯中，他先后就职于湾区多个高科技公司，如Fujitsu, Toshiba, Siemens Acuson, Hewlett Packard, eBay等. 1998年至2011年他也曾任教于西北理工大学，担任计算机系教授。2000年冼小棠先生归化为美国公民。
1991年在湾区结识现在的太太应婷。 并于1992年在圣塔克拉拉大学的天主教礼堂步入婚姻殿堂，牵手二十六载。 1995年大女儿Shanel出生， 1998年小儿子Thomas出生。他热爱家庭，夫妻和睦，关爱子女，热爱美食，热爱工作。每年全家都会留出一个月时间回中国探亲，或游历世界各地山川。他对子女的教育非常重视，亲自辅导孩子们的功课，特别是数学，使孩子们在学业上受益良多。
2017年夏，冼小棠先生旧病复发。时年9月开始化疗。2018年7月病情迅速恶化。但他依旧不放弃，坚持和病魔抗争。可惜人力难为，于2018年10月6日早上5点20分病逝于加州佛利蒙 Kaiser 医院。去逝前他接受了主耶稣为唯一救主，成为佛利蒙桥梁教会的一员。
Celebrating the Life of Tom Xiaotang Xian
Mr. Tom Xiaotang Xian, was born on April 2, 1962, in Hangzhou, China. His father was Tangchao Xian, and his mother was Jialing Zhou. He was the eldest son of the family, followed by younger brother Xiaodong Xian and younger sister Ying Chau. He grew up in the campus of Hangzhou Nursing School. At the age of three, he entered a boarding school affiliated to Zhejiang Medical University. From February 1970 to July 1976, he attended the DaoMaoXiang Elementary School in Hangzhou. In September 1976, he enrolled in Hangzhou No. 7 Middle School and graduated from the high school in July 1980. His character was inward and peaceful, enjoying gourmet food, and making the sweet and sour pork ribs dish was his specialty. During his youth, he loved all kinds of sports, including table tennis, basketball, horizontal bars, parallel bars, swimming, chess, and especially good at Go. In the playground of Hangzhou Nursing School, in the gymnasium, in the blue waves of the Tiesha River, he left his cheerful figure. When he was in high school, he was fascinated by mathematics. He often lingered in the ocean of mathematics and couldn’t resist himself. He had participated in many math competitions and had repeatedly won. At the same time, physics was also his strength. In the autumn of 1980, he was admitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Zhejiang University, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in the summer of 1984. After graduation, he worked at Hangzhou Camera Factory as an assistant engineer.
In the summer of 1985, Mr. Xian went to the United States and attended in the School of Engineering at The University of Akron, Ohio, and received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering in June 1988. In the same year, he was admitted to Santa Clara University and received his second master’s degree in computer science in June 1990. He had worked for many large high-tech companies in Bay Area for nearly 30 years, to name a few, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Siemens Acuson, Hewlett Packard, eBay, etc. From 1998 to 2011 he was also a professor at the Computer Science Department of Northwestern Polytechnic University in East Bay. In 2000, Mr. Xian was naturalized as an US citizen.
In 1991, he met the current wife Ting Ying in the Bay Area and married at the Catholic Church of Santa Clara University in 1992. In 1995, the eldest daughter Shanel was born, and in 1998, the younger son Thomas was born. Mr. Xian loved family, loved his wife and children, loved food and loved work. Every year, the whole family will set aside a month of vacation time to go back to China to visit parents and relatives and traveled around the world. He paid great attention to his children’s educations. He personally tutored his children’s homework, especially mathematics. His tutoring brought great benefits to his children.
In June 2011, Mr. Tom Xiaotang Xian had a stroke and later was found out that he was in the fourth stage of cancer. At that time, his oncologist doctor thought that his life might be less than six months. However, he remained very positive and was actively engaged with doctors to receive various rehabilitation and treatments. His cancer finally got well controlled in 2013. During his illness, he insisted on returning to China to visit his elder parents every year and to be filial.
In the summer of 2017, Mr. Xian’s illness recurred. The chemo treatment began in September of that year. In July 2018, the health condition began to deteriorate. He still did not give up and kept on fighting with the disease. Unfortunately, his life stopped at 5:20 am on October 6, 2018, at the Fremont Kaiser Hospital in California. A week before he died, he had accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord, becoming a Christian and a member of Fremont Bridge Community Church.